Baldwin falls to Pentwater
BALDWIN — Baldwin showed early signs of competing for a West Michigan D League victory against Pentwater on Tuesday.
But the Falcons took control of things in the second quarter and went on to a 60-50 boys basketball victory.
“We lost to them (68-28) the (second) game of the season,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “I was impressed with our effort.”
Ryan Kolenbrander’s 3-pointer tied the game for Baldwin 16-16 late in the first quarter
Pentwater led 18-16 going into the second.
Kohle Hoffman’s 3-pointer midway in the second gave the Falcons a 28-18 lead. It was 32-23 at halftime.
Devonte Palmer scored at 3:30 of the third and Baldwin trailed 38-27. Kolenbrander and Palmer hit two straight baskets late in the quarter to cut the gap to 45-32
Pentwater (7-5, 6-4) continued to hit key baskets in the fourth to stay in control. Glenn Abbott scored midway in the quarter for a 57-39 lead. Kolenbrander hit a triple to end the game.
“We’ve had some of our new guys come aboard so there’s a sense of urgency from the old ones to step up,” Watkins said. “I told them all spots are open. We have 13 players now.”
Kolenbrander had 13 points followed by Bryce Masterman with eight.
“We played hard and gave it our best,” Masterman said. “We have to cut down on turnovers and make better passes.”
Miller had 17 for Pentwater, which has won four straight.
“We played solid from start to finish,” Pentwater coach Ashley Wojtas said. “My starters really stepped up. They found the basket off the dribble.”
The Panthers (2-9, 2-8) have lost four straight. They play on Thursday at Marion (1-9, 0-9) against an Eagle team the Panthers beat 62-36 last month.
“My goal is for everybody to get a lot of playing time,” Watkins said.